THE ISSUES

Improved Quality of Life

Cobb County has a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. However, District 4 has the fewest parks, green spaces and public gathering places. We only need to look to projects like the Beltline to see how high quality public spaces improve the environmental, economic and social fabric of a community.  We need an aggressive program of sustainable planning and investment in parks, paths, sidewalks and public places to preserve and enhance the District’s environmental treasures. Jonathan has experience directing investment that brought about great public spaces through public-private partnerships.

 

Equitable Development

The County is facing a variety of challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to achieve sustainable growth that improves the quality of life in the District and County. We have increased burdens on our infrastructure through development and environmental challenges. County leadership needs to start long range planning and investment to fuel mobility, job growth and infrastructure improvements that will sustain future growth. Jonathan has experience working with and facilitating long range sustainability planning.

 

Housing Affordability

Housing affordability is shifting greatly in the District. We must ensure an adequate inventory of affordable homes and rental units remain in the County and District. District 4 is unique and includes many different housing types. We must balance community needs with the desire for growth in the District. Additionally, our population is aging, we must develop more robust senior housing affordability programs to allow our citizens to age in place gracefully. Jonathan has a successful track record of brining mixed use/income projects to market that have met the community needs and desires.

 

Proactive Financial Stewardship

Cobb County has had an excellent bond rating (AAA) for 20+ years. However, the County was facing a budget gap of $30M – $55M while receiving a record amount of taxes in recent years. Additionally, our County is facing unprecedented demand for public services. We need to independently review the tax basis and budget with an eye toward meeting citizen demands for services and sustainable infrastructure while balancing prudent financial stewardship.